Retreat '08 — May 23-26, 2008

The Eternal Guru: Guru Granth and Guru Panth

As Sikhs, we constantly look to the Guru for guidance. Our Guru provides, teaches, listens, and accepts us as Sikhs. But who or what is our Guru? The answer isn't simply the Guru Granth. The personal Guruship was ended by Guru Gobind Singh Ji and transferred to the Guru Panth and the revealed word of the Guru Granth Sahib. Why was the Guruship transferred to Guru Panth and Guru Granth? What is the important of this concept? What is the current interpretation of Guruship? Join us for a weekend of engaging discussions, new friendships, and moving a step toward understanding our Guru at the Seattle Sikh Retreat 2008: The Eternal Guru: Guru Granth & Guru Panth.

Speakers: Inderpreet Singh & Manmeet Singh

Manmeet Singh, speaker Inderpreet Singh, speaker

[Keynote] We are proud to announce that Inderpreet Singh will be our keynote speaker this year. Inderpreet Singh is a Technology professional currently working for a multinational high-tech firm as Director of Emerging Technologies. His passion is Sikhi and Panthak related community projects and is heavily involved with Sikh youth camps, retreats and conferences where he conducts seminars, lectures and interactive workshops on Gurmat related topics. Inderpreet Singh is an active volunteer and member of the Advisory Board of the Sikh Research Institute. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Sikh Scholarship Foundation.

Manmeet is the producer for the Award Winning Film The Widow Colony, a Sach Productions presentation directed by Harpreet Kaur. He is currently working on a film that deals with farmer suicides and the current crisis in Panjab. He has worked with Shabana Azmi, Gurdas Mann, Pammi Bai and other professionals in the entertainment industry. Manmeet's been going to Panjab for the last 6 years working with various NGOs and political parties to addresses pressing social, economic and cultural issues dealing with the Sikhs and present these issues at an international level via film. Manmeet is also a musician who believes in reviving the Sikh musical tradition and plays the sarod, rabab, sarangi, jori & peti. Manmeet's kirtan style is influenced by the robust rababi tradition and he is a great admirer of Late Bhai Dilbag Singh Ji.


4.00 - 6.00: Registration Opens and Participant Arrival
6.00 - 7.00: Dinner
7.00 - 8.30: Evening Diwan
8.30 - 10.30: Welcome; Ice Breakers; Olympics Intro

6.00 - 8.00: Morning Diwan
8.00 - 9.00: Breakfast
9.15 - 11.30: Workshop #1 (The Guru & You)
11.30 - 12.30: Lunch
12.30 - 1.30: Family Feud
1.30 - 2.30: Workshop #2 (Guru Granth Sahib Origin)
2.30 - 3.00: Workshop #3 (Guruship of the Khalsa)
3.00 -5.45: Sikh Olympics and Free Time
5.45 - 6.45: Dinner
7.00 - 9.00: Evening Diwan
9.00: Open Mic Night

6.00 - 8.00: Morning Diwan
8.00 - 9.00: Breakfast
9.15 - 11.30: Workshop #4 (Sarbat Khalsa)
11.30 - 12.30: Lunch
12.30 - 2.00: Workshop #5 (Recent History of Panth)
2.00 - 3.00: Workshop #6 (Panth Today)
3.00 - 3.30: Making of Sundri, a short presentation
3.30 - 5.30: Sikh Olympics and Free Time
4.45 - 5.15: Special Snack!
5.30 - 6.45: Evening Diwan
6.45 - 7.45: Dinner (BBQ)
7.45 - 8.00: T-shirt Distribution & Group Photo
8.00: Bhangra under DaStars (Dastaars), Campfire, Chillaxin, Late Night Kirtan

7.00 - 9.00: Morning Diwan
9.00 - 10.00: Breakfast (You must be packed and out of cabin by 10am)
10.00 - 11.00: Workshop #7 (Reflections on Recent History)
11.00 - 12.00: Open Q & A from submissions
12.00 - 12:30: Awards, Closing, Feedback
12.30 - 1.30: Lunch and Depart


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Group Photo of Attendees

High Quality Audio Files of Kirtan

01 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat AM - Jaap Sahib - Kulpreet Singh.mp3
02 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat AM - Savaiye - Deep Kamal Singh.mp3
03 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat AM - Satgur ki Sewa Safal Hai.mp3
04 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat AM - Theme Shabad Preamble.mp3
05 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat AM - Mere Satgura - Harroop Kaur.mp3
06 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat AM - Anand Sahib.mp3
07 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat PM - Simran.mp3
08 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat PM - Rehras.mp3
09 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat PM - Bahut Janam - Simardev Singh.mp3
10 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat PM - Aad Gureh Nameh.mp3
11 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat PM - Yah Elahi Preamble - Manmeet Singh.mp3
12 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat PM - Yah Elahi - Manmeet Singh.mp3
13 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat PM - Anand Sahib - Manmeet Singh.mp3
14 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat LATE - Gur Poray Meri.mp3
15 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat LATE - Khair Deejay Bandagi.mp3
16 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat LATE - Jeo Jeo Namah.mp3
17 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat LATE - Aisee Lal partial - Sarpreet Kaur.mp3
18 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sat LATE - Aisee Mat Deejay - Tripat Singh.mp3
19 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sun AM - Jaap and Sawaiye partial.mp3
20 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sun AM - Jap Gur Gopal - Sunit Kaur.mp3
21 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sun AM - Simran - Ashvinder Kaur.mp3
22 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sun AM - Mun Tun Tera - Ashvinder Kaur.mp3
23 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sun AM - Too Mere Pran - Ashvinder Kaur.mp3
24 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sun AM - Mere Satgura - Manjit Singh.mp3
25 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Sun AM - Anand Sahib - Manjit Singh.mp3
26 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Mon AM - Jaap Sahib partial - Kulpreet Singh.mp3
27 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Mon AM - Jaag Salonariye - Savraj Singh.mp3
28 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Mon AM - Mere Satigura - Tripat Singh.mp3
29 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Mon AM - Mee Varsai - Manmeet Singh.mp3
30 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Mon AM - Anand Sahib - Manmeet Singh.mp3
31 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Mon AM - Closing Ardas - Sundeep Kaur.mp3
32 Seattle Sikh Retreat 08 Mon AM - Savaiye - Jasjit Singh.mp3

What people were looking forward to...

A cultural experience! • becoming powered by naam like the website • CANOEING!!!!!!!!!! • Canoeing, Bhangra under the starts, Mafia, Campfire songs! • Connecting with and growing my Sangat • developing my spirituality and meeting new people/getting to know people better • Discussion about current issues regarding the Khalsa Panth and Punjab • everything • Furthering my knowledge of sikhism • Getting more • understanding of the Nitnem • Hangin with the seattle folks…duh • Honeys • I am the only Amritdari Singh out of all friends, I wouldn’t consider them to be bad sangat, but I would like to converse, learn and exchange ideas on Sikhi with others going down the same path/the same journey as me. • kicking it with savraj again! • kirtan diwans, sangat and learning • Learning • Learning • Learning • Learning about Sikhi! :) • learning experience • learning more about sikhi • Lectures • Listening to good Keertan and relaxing with my fellow Sikhs • Living Sikh way of life • Mafia, and meeting NEW people • Mafia, meeting new people, having an enlightening experience, learning more about Sikhi • Making Contacts • Meet people • Meeting and learning from other students • Meeting interesting people and having conversations about the Sikh way of life and Sikhi • Meeting people • Meeting Tripat Singh and Sujot Kaur and playing cricket!! • more of the same from last year • Morning and evening diwan • Networking with like minded professionals • Networking with local Seattle Sikhs. • positive sangat, outdoor activities, kirtan • Prakash Seva with Guru Granth Sahib Ji • Sangat of GurSikhs • sangat! • Savraj • seeing my friends again! • seeing old friends and learning • Spending time with nature! • To get knowledge about Sikhi & Gurbani • to hear and exchange ideas w/other sikh youth • To learn about Sikhism & Gur Shabad • Unconditional love. • Workshops


Absolutely Lovely. Filled with soooo.... much Love! It was perfect. (Well, any place that has Guru Granth Sahib, can not be anything less than super perfect.) Something that could be changed: You could make it longer!

Awesome, put me at ease and peace.

Divaans were excellent. Different styles of kirtan, with a good sangat atmosphere.

Well done! We all quickly got to know others and really fun!

The games were really funny. I did help to get to know other people, especially for new comers. It's important to make sure that previous attendees don't just hang out with there groupies. The goal is to make people feel welcome, the icebreakers did a fairly good job of that.

I loved the part before the discussion, and I also absolutely loved the part after the discussion. I also loved analyzing the Shabad (one of my all time favorite Shabad!)

This was a great work shop... I was able to learn a great deal from the moderator, going over the theme shabad was nice, getting to talk about the meaning and applying in to our lives.

Its really good, timing were so well managed, this is the one reason thats why i enjoyed the retreat so much.

Wonderfully presented material, good balance of material and images/videos. Excellent presentations by both speakers that put '84 into perspective and made it real once again. Made you feel like you have to act and educate. Very well done. Please keep making presentations wherever you go, very effective.

Amazing. just amazing and humbling. i think it would also be really important to tie this into the history of the Khalsa, and make the ties between the work that we did as we became the Khalsa in our history and how that same seva is very relevant today. and, although there was major time constraint, - i think a follow up workshop to Manmeet veerji's presentation would be something like "What can You Do?" and get the sangat involved in activities of brainstorming creative ways to get community involved and help the situation.

Amazing...words can't describe the passion with which it was presented. (Manmeet Singh's talk.)

One of the best workshops I have seen in a long long time. Just awesome on all fronts. (Manmeet Singh's talk.)

Snacks were really good & they were available all the time.

Sikh Family Feud was a great idea!

Its was my first retreat camp and its really very good and so well organized. Thanks to all the organizers for putting in so much effort to make it successful.

You guys did a great job organizing. I learned more about Sikhi and met some cool new people, which were my two reasons for attending!

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Management Team

Meet the diverse team of multi-talented individuals dedicated to bringing you the best retreat experience possible. Want to be part of the team for 2009? Show up at the retreat and express your interest through sewa! If you're ready to step it up, let us know.

Sewadar Area of Responsibility Years on Team
Hardeep Singh Sikh Olympics & Recreation2
Harroop Kaur Speakers and Workshops1
Harvinder Singh Director of Sewa3
Heather Kaur Food & Campsite Logistics1
Jasmine Kaur Treasurer and Logistics3
Manjit Singh Gurudwara Coordinator3
Savraj Singh Ninja-in-Chief 3
Sujot Kaur Transportation 3
Tripat Singh Speakers and Workshops3